Standard Ratzer

15-25 lbs
United States
Standard Schnauzer
Rat Terrier
The Standard Ratzer is a cute mix of the Rat Terrier and the Standard Schnauzer. Their size varies a bit since the Rat Terrier has two sizes but they are not likely to be more than 30 pounds and are usually less than 20 inches tall. This breed makes a great house pet that can get along with anyone as long as they are socialized when young. The Standard Ratzer has a long lifespan and usually lives about 18 years but has been known to live to 23 years old! However, there are some congenital health conditions you will have to watch out for, such as Schnauzer comedo syndrome and portosystemic shunt.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Rat Terrier and Standard Schnauzer

Standard Ratzer Health

Average Size
Male Standard Ratzer size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Female Standard Ratzer size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Dental Disorders
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • DNA

Standard Ratzer Breed History

To get an idea of your Standard Ratzer’s history, you have to look at the backgrounds of the Rat Terrier and Standard Schnauzer. The Rat Terrier is an American breed that was developed in the 1800s to be a vermin hunter. They are thought to be descendants of Beagles, Greyhounds, and Whippets along with different types of European and Fox Terriers. They come in two sizes, the Miniature and Standard Rat Terrier. The Miniature Rat Terrier only gets up to about 10 pounds but the Standard can reach 25 pounds. The combination of these breeds gave the Rat Terrier a wonderful personality, speed, athleticism, and great scenting ability. In the 1900s, the Rat Terrier was the most common working farm dog in the United States. In fact, it was so popular that President Roosevelt had several of them while he was in the White House that they called Teddy’s Terriers. The American Kennel Club recognized the Rat Terrier in 2013 and it is the 96th most common breed of dog in the United States. The Standard Schnauzer was also developed to be a vermin hunter. Originating in Germany in the middle ages, the breed was perfected from the Wolf Spitz, Poodle, Pinscher, and Schnauzer. According to some, there is art made by Albrecht Durer that depicts the Standard Schnauzer back in the 15th century. However, they were not really noticed anywhere else until the 1800s, when breeding programs were developed to produce the standard for the Schnauzer. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1904 and they are the 85th most well-liked dog in the United States.

Standard Ratzer Breed Appearance

Although most dogs have brown eyes, the Standard Ratzer can have just about any shade of eyes, which may include amber, blue, green, hazel, or brown. This hybrid has a very cute facial structure, with a serious expression and bushy eyebrows. Their brown or black nose is wide and has large nostrils on a squared muzzle with a slight overbite and black lips. They can be small to medium in size with medium length, wiry fur that may be tan, chocolate, liver, salt and pepper, orange, yellow, black, brindle, sable, merle, pied, red, white, or silver. They have v-shaped ears that may be perky or pendulous, a rounded head, long legs, and a rectangular body with a straight tail. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Standard Ratzer eyes
hazel Standard Ratzer eyes
brown Standard Ratzer eyes
amber Standard Ratzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Standard Ratzer nose
brown Standard Ratzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Standard Ratzer coat
gray Standard Ratzer coat
brown Standard Ratzer coat
red Standard Ratzer coat
cream Standard Ratzer coat
fawn Standard Ratzer coat
silver Standard Ratzer coat
white Standard Ratzer coat
pied Standard Ratzer coat
sable Standard Ratzer coat
brindle Standard Ratzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Standard Ratzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Standard Ratzer Breed Maintenance

Your Standard Ratzer needs to be groomed thoroughly almost every day to stop them from shedding too much and to keep their coat healthy and shiny. You should use a high-quality pin brush or wire brush and dematting tool in order to keep your dog’s fur from getting tangled. You can also use a deshedding tool to prevent excess shedding. You may need to strip the coat every few months, which includes removing the dead hairs by hand or by using a stripping blade. In addition, your dog will need her ears cleaned once a month and you should clip her toenails as needed. Her teeth and gums will be at their healthiest if you brush them daily.

Brushes for Standard Ratzer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Standard Ratzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Standard Ratzer Temperament

This is a very lively breed that enjoys play time and being the center of attention. They also make excellent watch dogs and will let you know if there is any type of threat around. The Standard Ratzer is a lovable breed but should be supervised around young children and small animals. They are easy to train and learn fast so you should not have a problem with training. However, some dogs are stubborn and may take a little extra time and patience. Your Standard Ratzer is very intelligent and can learn to do just about anything you want to teach her if you have the time and patience.

Standard Ratzer Activity Requirements

All dogs need to get at least a half hour to an hour of exercise every day to stay healthy and happy. The Standard Ratzer has a moderate activity level because the Standard Schnauzer has a low to medium energy level while the Rat Terrier is full of spunk and vitality. Your dog should be happy with about an hour of play, preferably outdoors. If you have a fenced yard, you can let her run around outside for a couple of hours a day under supervision or take her for a walk around the neighborhood. Other things your dog may like include playing fetch, going to a dog park, swimming, agility and obedience courses, and flyball.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Standard Ratzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.60
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$24.00 - $48.00
food bag monthly cost

Standard Ratzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Standard Ratzer size stats at six months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
Female Standard Ratzer size stats at six months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Standard Ratzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Standard Ratzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Standard Ratzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 27.5 lbs
Female Standard Ratzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs

Standard Ratzer Owner Experiences

2 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Our Ratzer does not fall into the trouble listed above as constantly needing grooming. His hair does not shed whatsoever and we don't tend to work much with it. He is a total oddball and is a very independent thinker. He will change routines on us and what he did daily for 6 months straight he will completely change seemingly at random and do something else (slept on the couch for 6 months straight and then changed sleeping rooms completely with no clear reason why). He also plays favorites and it is very clear who he is watching and listening to and the rest of the household tends to get ignored. He's a very picky eater and while he will beg for people food, he hardly eats any that comes his way. He is the fastest dog I have ever seen and has tons of energy when he wants to... sometimes he just likes to lay completely upside down with his legs in the air and sleep for hours. He is a very unique dog with tons of personality and I feel like he has a lot of rat terrier energy trying to escape from a schnauzer package.
2 years, 2 months ago
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